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Developers and Depression

Given by Greg Baugues on August 16 2013 at Steel City Ruby in Pittsburgh, PA.

I am a developer, and I have Type II Bipolar and ADHD.

Over the last six months I've been writing and speaking about mental illness in the developer community, ever since we lost one of our coworkers, Caleb Cornman, to untreated mental illness. There's a lot of shame around being sick, and mental illness is treated much differently than physical illness, which causes people who are suffering to avoid finding help.

In this talk I will share the story of my struggles with depression, and getting diagnosed with ADHD and Bipolar, why it's especially relevant for developers, and how we can help those around us who are suffering from mental illness.